The Miller-Monticello Connection
Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home located outside Charlottsville, Virginia, is the only private residence in America to receive UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) designation as a World Heritage site. That’s a very big deal. But Monticello is a beautiful, historical, awe-inspiring big deal, so it’s all very deserving. It’s got architectural marvels, agricultural displays, and innovations that made 18th and 19th century life less tedious: seven-day clocks, dumb waiters, revolving shelves and bookstands. Its creator, Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States and author of our Declaration of Independence, was a genius. I believe most of us can agree on that, but after taking the house and behind-the-scenes tours last Friday, I think Monticello had a little extra help getting on that list. How ’bout that color in the dome room? Down there it’s referred to as Mars yellow. North of the Mason-Dixon line we call it blinding.
Jefferson loved his bold yellows. It showed up in his signature dome room and his dining room downstairs. Yellow, in the non-mellow Jefferson tones, has successfully spanned the centuries because my husband is driving around in a vehicle with a strong Monticello vibe. He’s got his own Mars yellow truck.
On this recent trip to Monticello, Steve said he felt vindicated in his color and design choices of late. He’s got the matching truck and earlier this summer painted our shed a yellow bright enough to be seen from the Space Shuttle.
So here’s the big picture. I’m living with a Renaissance man who has the same taste in colors as Thomas Jefferson. Is this possible? Can the man who built this:
and designed this:
be kindred spirits with the man who brought home furniture that looked like this?
I think the two of them would have hit it off. And just think of the fun they could have had down at Home Depot looking at paint swatches. Steve and Tom. BFFs.